Basic Income Earth Network

The Basic Income Earth Network Congress (BIEN Congress) is held every year as a congress to share the academic, social and cultural achievements of basic income supporters around the world and to strengthen friendship. (The BIEN Congresses were held every two years until the 16th BIEN Congress in 2016, and has been held every year since 2016.) Recently held BIEN Congresses are as follows:

● The 21st BIEN Congress in 2022 held in Brisbane, Australia (Theme: Crisis and Transformation)

● The 20th BIEN Congress 2021 held in Glasgow, Scotland (Theme: From idea to reality)

● The 19th BIEN Congress 2019 held in Hyderabad, India (Theme: Basic Income as Freedom and Development)

● The 18th BIEN Congress 2018 held in Tampere, Finland (Theme: Basic Income and New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century)

● The 17th BIEN Congress in 2017 held in Lisbon, Portugal (Theme: Implementing a Basic Income)

● The 16th BIEN Congress in 2016 held in Seoul, Korea (Theme: Social and Ecological Transformation and Basic Income)

● The 15th BIEN Congress in 2014 held in Montreal, Canada (Theme: Re-Democratizing the Economy)

22nd BIEN Congress
Notwithstanding a persisting viewpoint that deems it utopian, for better or worse, basic income has always been proposed as a realistic idea and policy. Not only it is an unalienable right of all; it is one single promising means to address problems faced by the contemporaries, as proven by global progress experienced by basic income agenda and policy in the recent decade.
As it is arguably more challenging to break with an old notion than to welcome a new one, basic income is still either remaining as a small rift of the status quo or moving forward alongside other alleged alternatives. Basic income of nowadays, In the eyes of future historians, would appear to be struggling to proceed, albeit not without a bridgehead it managed to establish.
“Basic Income in Reality” is a warning horn to face and at the same time a clarion call to make a way through the current juncture. Discussion on basic income materialized in experiments and pilots, partial policy implementation, and other forms of political progress would pave our way to advance to the next stage of its journey.
We invite you all with shared interest and passion to Korea, a political frontier of basic income teeming with debates on its foundations, feasilbility, and transformative implication.


The 22nd Basic Income Earth Network Congress


Wed. 23rd to Sat. 26th August 2023


Korean, English

Congress Format

Online-Offline Hybrid

22nd BIEN Congress

Organized by

Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN)


22nd BIEN Congress LOC, Basic Income Policy Laboratory, The Institute for Democracy, National Assembly’s Basic Income Research Forum, Ewha Institute for Social Sciences

22nd BIEN Congress LOC

Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN), Basic Society, Basic Income Young Researchers Network, Basic Income Youth Network (BIYN), Millennials Political Forum, Institute for Basic Income Studies (IBIS), Institute for Inclusive Society, Institute for Political & Economic Alternatives, Institute of Land And Liberty, LAB2050, Modest Free-Persons, Peasant’s Basic Income Movement Headquarters, Media Demos